Nominees sought for Kitchen Table Award

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls is now accepting nominations for its prestigious 2017 Kitchen Table Award.

The fund established the Kitchen Table Award in 2011 to honor a Chester County woman who represents the mission and values of the fund. Its recipient is an “outstanding Chester County woman who has made substantive contributions through service and/or philanthropy to improve the lives of women and girls through her own time, or talents, or resources.”

The award is named to celebrate the genesis of the fund: the many conversations held around kitchen tables, board tables, and coffee tables that led to the formation of the organization in 1996. Past recipients are Barbara M. Jordan, 2012; Betty Moran, 2013; Alice Hausmann and Bonnie Van Alen, 2014; Phyllis Copeland, 2015; and Moira Mumma, 2016.

The Kitchen Table Award winner will be named before the fund’s annual Making a Difference Luncheon so that she can be recognized there. This year the 12th Annual Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 5, at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern.

All nominations must be received by Thursday, Dec. 22. To learn more about the award and to download the nomination form, visit Questions about the award may be directed to Michelle Legaspi Sanchez, Executive Director or 484-356-0940.

Founded in 1996, the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls is a grant-making and education foundation dedicated to addressing the needs of women and girls in the county. Its organizers believe that when women gain security, economic sustainability, and physical well-being, the benefits multiply — for themselves and for everyone in the community.

For two decades, the fund has raised awareness about the critical needs of women and girls, and has awarded more than $2 million in grants to 60 organizations that address the needs of women and girls in Chester County.

The fund’s Girls Advisory Board, whose members are selected annually from high school applicants across the county, has educated a new generation of young women about the importance of philanthropy and community service for the past 11 years. The initiative seeks to improve understanding and awareness of the challenges faced by all women and girls of all ages, backgrounds, and economic levels.




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